Farmers’ movement against three contentious farm laws brought by the BJP led central government is becoming a unity symbol of farmers from all faiths. Setting aside sour memories of Muzaffarnagar riots occurred in 2013, Muslims and Jat community from Western Uttar Pradesh, have also been coming together to strengthen the movement.
Bharat Kisan Mazdoor Morcha leader Ghulam Muhammad Jolla while speaking to Bihar Dispatch over phone said, “Both, communities have realized that both are not successful without each other’s support. There is no distance between us now. Tikait and I remained together for 27 years from 1987 to 2013 and then BJP triggered riots in Muzaffarnagar in 2013. I have also appealed to Jats to remove BJP from regime.”
In the beginning of this month, along with 250 farmers Jolla also came at Delhi’s Ghazipur border protest site and met Rakesh Tikait, leader of Bharatiya Kisan Union. Jolla told that Muslims have been participating in mahapunchayats in good numbers. “In Muzaffarnagar mahapunchayat, around one-third Muslims came,” told Jolla.
“Farmers will not move back from Delhi borders. We are ready for “Jail Bharo Andolan. This farmers’ movement is historic and will go long,” Jolla said while hailing farmers’ brotherhood.
For last three weeks, several Mahapanchayats of farmers have been organized in West UP including Muzaffarnagar, Baghpat, Bijnor, Saharanpur, Bulandshahr, Shamli and Dadri where tens of thousands of farmers have participated to demand the withdrawal of the farm laws.
When Bihar Dispatch interacted to several protesting farmers at Ghazipur, Jolla’s words found true. Not just Jats and Muslims, people from all faiths are also coming under the banner of farmers’ unity.
Farmer Nasruddin Saifi, (66), hailing from Bulandshahr has been running a free food camp for farmers at Ghazipur said, “Taking inspiration from our Sikh brothers, we have also started Muslim-Kisan bhaichara (Muslim-Farmer brotherhood) camp to feed the farmers here.”
“I want to thank Modi ji to give us this opportunity. In western UP, gap between Jats and Muslims has also reduced and they are coming closure to each other,” told Saifi.
Devinder Singh added, “We all Sikhs, Hindus, Muslims and Christians on same platform.”
Jats Oppose Communal Politics
Sitting in a circle on chairs while smoking hukka, a group of Jat community told that mahapanchayats will regularly be held to strengthen their unity and movement further.
Vivek (30) from Bulandshahr said, “Government and puppet media both tried their best to divide us on regional and religious basis but they couldn’t succeed.
On Muzaffarnagar riots, he said, “After that no riot took place in Muzaffarnagar. We all are unite today. I am neither a BJP supporter nor Congress but we had voted Modi ji for ache din (good days) as he had promised but never know that we would see such bad days. They just want to use farmers for votes and then discard them. Now onwards, we won’t be trapped.”
Taking a jibe to PM Narendra Modi and BJP leaders, Vivek said, “In these months, no BJP leader could tell the benefits of these laws to the farmers. Modi ji himself doesn’t know.”
Another Jat farmer Jaivir Singh (45), anguished, “Those who speaks in solidarity with us, they (BJP) defame them as Khalistani and terrorists.”
While Achal Nandal (44) from Hapur appealed, “Government should stop communal politics.”
All faiths Unite
Farmers are getting solidarity from every faith and people belonging to non-farming sector too.
Buddhist spiritual leader Bhikkhu Kamal Sheel came from Lucknow at Ghazipur 45 days ago and become part of farmers’ unity.
“We can be from various religious backgrounds but here we all are one. This (farmers’ movement) is a fight of ideology. Multiculturalism has been part of this country but those who saw dream of making India as Hindu Rastra, divided us,” said Bhikkhu Kamal Sheel.
“Farmers of the country are fighting for their rights. Government formed these laws for the benefit of corporates and imposed on farmers while they don’t want,” Sheel anguished.
Ram Rakh Chawdhary, a farmer from Rajasthan’s Nagore added that the farmers’ agitation is not just in Punjab and Haryana but across India.
“Ultimately, government will have to accept our demands, there is no other option,” hoped Chawdhary.